Finance Assistant (Apprentice) Bridge Multi-Academy Trust

This is an exciting opportunity designed as an entry level role in the Accounting Profession. Based in the Central team at our Lanhydrock office, you will be supporting the Bridgeschools Multi-Academy Trust Finance function on the delivery of statutory and management accounts.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £105.00 - £150.00

  • Working week

    30 hours per week / 52 weeks per year.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This is an exciting opportunity designed as an entry level role in the Accounting Profession.  Based in the Central team at our Lanhydrock office, you will be supporting the Bridgeschools Multi-Academy Trust Finance function on the delivery of statutory and management accounts. 

Overall, your role will be to support the finance team to maintain accounting records and help prepare management accounts within set time scales whilst studying towards your professional qualification.

You will be working closely with the Financial Controller to:

  • Maintain the nominal, purchase and sales ledger. 
  • Input of financial transactions onto the finance system
  • Assisting with VAT preparation
  • Raising sales invoices
  • Assisting with reconciliations at each period end and inputting cash transactions
  • Helping with bank reconciliations on a periodic basis.

You will be assisting the Systems Accountant to manage the fixed asset register which would include the annual depreciation calculation, the listing of new assets and removal of fully depreciated assets when scrapped or sold.   You will also be providing assistance in providing management accounting and KPI information to Senior teams in each of the Bridgeschools academies.

Working closely with Bridgeschools academies, you will be providing assistance and answering financial queries when required with periodic site visits.

You will be providing support and assistance to the Chief Finance Officer on a range of projects and initiatives during your time with Bridgeschools Mulit-academy Trust.

The post-holder may, from time to time, be required to carry out other duties provided they are within the general level of responsibility of the duties set out above and within the abilities of the post holder.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work in a highly sensitive and confidential environment, able to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrating initiative
  • A strong team player who takes accountability for their own deliverables and operates effectively within the team
  • Ability to proactively carry out standard day to day liaison across the Trust to meet desired outcomes
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to develop and maintain efficient record keeping/management information systems, providing accurate records and reports as required
  • IT literate with the confidence to tackle new systems and software.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office in particular Excel
  • Ability to reconcile priorities and work to tight deadlines

Personal qualities

  • Use own initiative
  • Problem solver/Logical
  • Proactive
  • Good at data entry processing
  • Punctual
  • Can work well in a team
  • Organised

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Maths (or equivalent)

Future prospects

The right candidate may have the opportunity to become an integral part of the team.

Things to consider

You must ensure you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to and from work and to attend college. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From April 2017 the ANMW was set at £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Bridge Schools Trust opened in November 2013 following an approach from the Department for Education for Wadebridge Primary Academy to sponsor another large primary school in Cornwall. Since then the Trust has grown to include 10 primary schools and is managed from a centrally located office on the Lanhydrock estate just outside Bodmin by: • An independent Board of Trustees who oversee the strategic management of the trust. • An experienced Chief Executive, who is also a serving Ofsted Inspector. • A dedicated school improvement team of serving Ofsted Inspectors, outstanding classroom practitioners and specialist staff sourced through the Best Practice Network. • A centralised business team, specialising in Finance, HR & Admin, Sites, IT management and Health & Safety


Bridge Multi-Academy Trust


Higher Trebyan Lanhydrock


PL30 5DQ

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Training provider

This apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of work based assessment and one day a week attendance at college.  The programme culminates in an End Point Assessment, where the knowledge and skills gained on the apprneticeship will be formally tested.

Apprenticeship standard

Accounting > Assistant Accountant

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cornwall College Business


Dave Green 0845 60 99 599

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017